27th March 2020
All delivery services are now under great pressure with the vastly increased number of parcels being sent during the current crisis. We need to give extra notice when booking larger orders with APC and the actual delivery process from Royal Mail First Class is taking longer than usual. Timed and premium services have been temporarily withdrawn. During cooler weather the plants will suffer no reduction in quality for a week, so we deem that a day or two delay in transit is acceptable. However, as temperatures rise we may have to decline to send particularly vulnerable plants such as oxygenators, but we will provide updates on this on the Home page and Ordering and Delivery page. We regret that under the current conditions we are unable to provide a cast iron guarantee on delivery, we hope that you understand.
Welcome to Devon Pond Plants
My nursery specialises in pond plants and those for watersides and other damp places. I send pond plants right across the UK through regular first class mail or by next day courier service, or plants can be collected from the nursery at any time by prior appointment. The nursery is not open at regular times to the general public but I would be pleased to accept visitors with prior notice. If you do arrange a visit there is no entry charge and absolutely no obligation to buy anything. To arrange a visit please go to the Contact page.
Please do not confuse my plants with “plug” pond plants commonly offered, or indeed the shreds of plant material often sold mail order on sites like eBay. My pond plants for sale are bare root plants are well established overwintered plants, which are fully acclimatised to outdoor conditions, not forced on under greenhouse conditions. This means that at the beginning and end of the season they may not be “Chelsea” perfect but they will be tough and will be good doers. If purchased at least a month before their normal flowering period they can be expected to flower that year, except in the case of the smallest options for water lilies, which may take a season to establish before flowering. If they are purchased during their dormant period, generally a good time to buy, they may look downright ugly! Potted plants are often kept under cover in unheated conditions and generally look more attractive initially.
Pond plant advice
If you plan to buy pond plants from us, I am always happy to give free pond plant advice by email or telephone on the suitability of plants for your particular situation. Many websites offer completely unsuitable and invasive species, which can be a nightmare to control, especially if they escape into the wild environment. I offer an especially wide range of native plants for wild areas or situations where escape into the general environment is more likely. I can give the best advice if approached before work starts on the pond; frequently I could have helped to avoid common mistakes if asked sooner.